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Shooting begins on Movie based on Guy Playfair’s Book, “This House is Haunted”

Posted on 11 September 2014, 12:20

Sky Living, the channel responsible for Most Haunted, is getting into drama that goes bump in the night with The Enfield Haunting, starring Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen.
The three-parter is based on Guy Lyon Playfair’s book This House is Haunted and will be directed by Kristoffer Nyholm, the Dane whose credits include The Killing and Lars von Trier’s The Idiots and Breaking the Waves.

Playfair, a paranormal investigator, originally published the book in 1980 after researching the veracity of claims of poltergeist activity in a house in Enfield in the late 1970s.

He will be played by Macfadyen, with Spall playing fellow paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse. Stevenson is taking the role of Grosse’s wife Betty. Continued

Near-death experiences are overwhelmingly peaceful

Posted on 01 July 2014, 8:18

Near-death experiences are rare, but if you have one, it is likely to be overwhelmingly peaceful, however painful it might have been to get to that stage. This is the conclusion from the first study into how the cause of trauma affects the content of a near-death experience.

Such episodes are often described as emotionally rich, involving out-of-body sensations, tunnels of light and flashbacks. They most often occur when a person has been resuscitated after a traumatic event.

Steven Laureys, a neuroscientist at the University of Liège in Belgium who works with people in comas and vegetative states, started to investigate after his patients told him of their own near-death experiences. “I kept hearing these incredible stories in my consultations,” he says. “Knowing how abnormal brain activity is during a cardiac arrest or trauma, it was impressive how rich these memories were. It was very intriguing.”

There are several hypothesises as to how these events arise, such as lack of oxygen to the brain or damage to areas that control emotion. “So you’d expect to see differences between near-death experiences after drowning and those of other traumas,” he says.

His team looked at 190 documented events that resulted from traumas including cardiac arrest, drowning, head injury and high anxiety. Using statistical analysis and a measurement called the Greyson scale to assess the number and intensity of different features of the near-death experiences, the team discovered that surprisingly, the reports shared many similarities.

Not like the movies

The most common feature was an overwhelming feeling of peacefulness. The next most common was an out-of-body experience. And many people felt a change in their perception of how time was passing. There were only a few examples of negative experiences. “It turns out to be not so bad to have a dying experience,” says Laureys.

Having a life flashback or a vision of the future – the kinds of things often depicted in Hollywood movies – were only reported by a small minority of people.

Laureys’s team will now try to find an objective measure of such experiences by scanning the entire brains of people who say they have just had a near-death experience after a cardiac arrest. The team will look for small scars that might reflect the after-effects of the event.

Laureys is aware of the difficulties in investigating something so subjective, but is trying to tackle the subject with an open mind. “We need to accept there are many things we don’t understand, but it’s important to apply the best scientific method we can” he says. “It’s a first step in understand something that is really interesting and could ultimately provide a better understanding of consciousness.”

Journal reference: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00203

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25794-neardeath-experiences-are-overwhelmingly-peaceful.html#.U7JgihZ9nwI

Remote viewing is not “pseudoscience.”

Posted on 23 May 2014, 11:29

Remote viewing is not “pseudoscience.” Please immediately drop that inaccurate and insulting term that you have scattered throughout my Wikipedia bio-page.

Wikipedia’s definition: “Pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice which is presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status. The term pseudoscience is often considered inherently pejorative, because it suggests something is being inaccurately or even deceptively portrayed as science.”

There are a number of reasons that editors at Wikipedia should not characterize remote viewing as pseudoscience, when it is not characterized that way by the informed scientific community.

1 — In order to publish our findings in the 1976 Proceedings of the IEEE, we had to meet with Robert W. Lucky, managing editor, and his board. The editor proposed to us that we show him how to conduct a remote viewing experiment. If it was successful, he would publish our paper. The editor was also head of electro-optics at Bell Telephone Laboratory. We gave a talk at his lab. He then chose some engineers to be the “psychics” for each of five days. Each day he hid himself at a randomly chosen location in the nearby town. After the agreed-upon five trials, the editor read the five transcripts and successfully matched each of the five correctly to his hiding places. This was significant at 0.008 (one in 5!, 5-factorial). As a result, he published our paper on “Information Transmission Over Kilometer Distances”.

2 — In our 23 year program for the government at SRI, we had to carry out “demonstration of ability” tasks for the Director of CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, NASA, and Commanding General of the Army Intelligence Command. (The names are available upon request.) For the CIA we were able to accurately describe and draw a giant gantry crane rolling on eight wheels over a large building, and draw the 60 foot gores, “slices” of a sphere, under construction in northern Russia. The sphere was entirely accurate, although its existence was unknown at the time. The description was so accurate that it became the subject of a Congressional hearing of the House Committee on Intelligence. They were afraid of a security leak. No leak was found, and we were told to “press on.”

3 — Remote viewing is easily replicated and has been demonstrated all over the world. It has been the subject of several Ph.D. dissertations in the US and abroad. Princeton University had a 25 year program investigating remote viewing with more than 450 trials. Prof. Robert Jahn also published a lengthy and highly significant (p = 10-10 or 1 in ten billion) experimental investigation of remote viewing in the 1982 Proc. IEEE.

4 — The kind of tasks that kept us in business for twenty-three years include: SRI psychics found a downed Russian bomber in Africa; reported on the health of American hostages in Iran; described Soviet weapons factories in Siberia; located a kidnapped US general in Italy; and accurately forecasted the failure of a Chinese atomic-bomb test three days before it occurred, etc. When San Francisco heiress Patricia Hearst was abducted from her home in Berkeley, a psychic with the SRI team was the first to identify the kidnapper by name and then accurately describe and locate the kidnap car. I was at the Berkeley police station and witnessed this event.

5 — Jessica Utts is a statistics Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and is president of the American Statistical Association. In writing for her part of a 1995 evaluation of our work for the CIA, she wrote: “Using the standards applied to any other area of science, it is concluded that psychic functioning has been well established. The statistical results of the studies examined are far beyond what is expected by chance. Arguments that these results could be due to methodological flaws in the experiments are soundly refuted. Remote viewing has been conceptually replicated across a number of laboratories, by various experimenters, and in different cultures. This is a robust effect that, were it not such an unusual domain, would no longer be questioned by science as a real phenomenon. It is unlikely that methodological flaws could account for its remarkable consistency.”

6 — Whether you believe some, all, or none of the above, it should be clear that hundreds of people were involved in a 23 year, multi-million dollar operational program at SRI, the CIA, DIA and two dozen intelligence officers at the army base at Ft. Meade. Regardless of the personal opinion of a Wikipedia editor, it is not logically coherent to trivialize this whole remote viewing undertaking as some kind of “pseudoscience.” Besides me, there is a parade of Ph.D. physicists, psychologists, and heads of government agencies who think our work was valuable, though puzzling.

~~~~ Russell Targ, May 12, 2014

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Paranormal activity at Durham’s Rhine Research Center.

Posted on 14 May 2014, 17:27

The man throws open a door and swings his arms like a maître d’ presenting his finest table. He’s wearing a bright purple button-down shirt and a neatly kept beard. “Step inside,” he says. Through the door is a small vault, sealed off from all outside sound, all electrical and radio signals. Cautious, I enter. As he shuts the door, my iPhone’s “3G” symbol turns to an “O.”

Have you ever seen a ghost? If so, the Rhine Research Center in Durham is interested. The two-story brick building off Morreene Road looks identical to the others in its office park: white awnings, mulched flowerbeds, squirrels—no grotesque gargoyles or loitering phantoms. Ordinary appearance aside, it’s one of the last institutes in the country dedicated to parapsychology, a field Merriam-Webster defines as “the scientific study of events that cannot be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world.”

The Rhine Center strives to harden apparitions into data—to quantify the ethereal. Relying on donations, its researchers study telepathy (mind-to-mind communication), clairvoyance (physically remote perception), precognition (received knowledge of the future), psychokinesis (moving objects with the mind), and survival, a human personality existing outside of a physical form—in short, all manner of spirits, specters and spooks.

But no, they are not Ghostbusters.

The staff is sensitive to the comparison, particularly because the Rhine’s founder, Dr. Joseph B. Rhine, made Zener cards famous. The cards are a guessing game that test for psychic ability and were used by Bill Murray’s character in an attempt to seduce a coed in the movie’s opening scene. But the Rhine’s researchers maintain that speculation is their business only when hypothesizing, not when conducting experiments or drawing conclusions.

Still, one can’t help but imagine Slimer floating down Geer Street in a Durm cap: Full Steam or Motorco ... decisions, decisions.

A day of attending research meetings and touring laboratories at the Rhine leads me to Tanous Library. The stacks contain more than 3,000 volumes of parapsychological and occult literature, from The Tibetan Book of the Dead to How I Know the Dead Return, composing one of the five largest collections of its kind in the U.S.

Around the library’s conference table, a conversation ensues about the uptick of reported incidences of psychokinesis, or “PK,” over the last decade. The Rhine dropped PK from its public survey in the late-‘90s. “No one was saying things like, ‘Yeah, I had a clock break when Uncle Joe died,’” says visiting scholar Nancy Zingrone. “We had to put it back in.”

Modern incidences of PK are usually reported regarding effects on electronic gadgets—the ability to turn power sources on and off or to interfere with phone reception. “My mother collected 14,000 ESP experiences and 179 PK experiences in the early ‘70s, about things falling or clocks stopping,” says Sally Rhine Feather. “It’s nearly all electronics now. One didn’t hear about many PK experiences until you got to know the person and they would say, ‘Now, let me tell you what happened to me.’”

Feather is the 88-year-old daughter of the Center’s founder, and her presence is commanding for more than her lineage. A small woman with a lilting voice, she is dapper and feisty. She holds a doctorate degree in experimental psychology from Duke, and she’s the Rhine’s foremost historian. After all, she lived it.

Joseph B. Rhine was a Methodist living in Pittsburgh. But he questioned his faith upon hearing Arthur Conan Doyle lecture on communicating with the dead, and parapsychology became his passion. After earning a doctorate degree in botany from the University of Chicago, Rhine came to Duke in the late-‘20s with his wife and collaborator, Dr. Louisa Rhine, and began testing students for psychic abilities with Zener cards and dice. His experiments led to the creation of the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory in the East Duke Building in 1935. Feather says that Duke provided Rhine a salary and free lab space, but not direct funding, which came from grants.

That same year, a New York Times article made Rhine famous, reporting, “Out of several thousand test subjects he selected eight who proved to have outstanding telepathic and clairvoyant powers” and calling his experiments “the most important research of the century in his subject.” Rhine’s book New Frontiers of the Mind coined the term “extrasensory perception,” propelling “ESP” to nationwide attention.

Rhine retired in 1965. John Kruth, the Center’s current executive director, says Rhine was given the choice of whether to leave his lab with Duke or take it with him. He chose the latter. Feather believes that her father didn’t think the university would maintain the lab, as skepticism was rising, and he wanted his life’s work to continue.

Dr. Seymour Mauskopf, professor emeritus of history at Duke, coauthored the book The Elusive Science: Origins of Experimental Psychical Research. “When I came to Duke in 1964, what intrigued me was that Duke was probably most famous at that point for parapsychology,” says Mauskopf. “A lot of people were unhappy with that, because it was pretty much thought to be pseudo-science.”

Over three decades, academic interest in Rhine’s theories abated. Many universities stopped teaching parapsychology, which is tethered to a strong stigma. In the ‘70s there were dozens of professional parapsychology labs in the country. Now there are perhaps three, Kruth says, mentioning only one with university ties: The University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies. No U.S. university offers a parapsychology degree.

“You have maybe 200 active parapsychologists working in the world,” Kruth says. “They don’t have millions of grad students willing to do grunt work for a small opportunity to push their way in, like in physics. Anybody that wants to go into academia will avoid this field.”

Feather agrees that people in control of academic endowments shy away from parapsychology for fear of personal discredit. I witness a presentation on electronic voice phenomena (phantom voice recordings) whose presenter will remain nameless for this exact reason.

The university’s affiliation and patronage were expunged and the Parapsychology Lab left East Campus in 1965. With the help of private benefactors, Rhine then started the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man off campus. In 1995, 100 years after Rhine’s birth and 15 after his death, the Center was renamed in his honor. In 2002, it moved to its present facility, designed expressly for parapsychological research.

Feather strongly supported hiring Kruth in 2009 and promoting him to executive director in 2011. “We hadn’t had a director that was good with finance since 1965,” she says, adding that the Center has relied on a multimillion dollar matching endowment from Xerox founder Chester Carlson since then, which has recently been depleted.

When asked if the Rhine was in danger, Feather said that it also relies on small donations, fees to see public speakers (a May 23 event deals with “PK, Mind-Matter and Consciousness”) and membership dues. “These things had slipped down but are being built back up [by Kruth],” she says. The Rhine also offers online educational courses and two monthly public workshops, the Remote Viewing Group for clairvoyance and the Psychic Experiences Group, where people share their supernatural encounters.

During the Rhine’s 70-year existence, cards and dice have given way to more sophisticated technology. In the Center’s bioenergy lab, Kruth uses a photomultiplier (an electrical engineering tool) to measure the output of biophotons of people who claim to manipulate energy, or “chi,” including martial artists, meditation masters and energetic healers. A scientifically taboo term in the ‘70s for its association with “auras,” which were considered hokum, biophotons are now studied in graduate courses at MIT.

An empty room produces five to eight biophotons per second, while a sedentary individual produces 12 to 20, Kruth says. He has measured more than 120 people, 8 or 9 percent of whom produced a variance from the baseline. And a few, when asked to “do their thing,” produced even more striking results.

“It will jump up to 60 photons per second—three times the baseline!” Kruth says. “I’ve had people go to 200,000, 400,000. I even had two people go over a million.” The most drastic results come from energetic healers and Kundalini yogis. “You don’t need statistics to figure out that something strange is going on in here.”

Kruth, who holds a master’s degree in psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minn., is no mad scientist, but a fervent guy whose commitment to unbiased research seems sincere. “Ouija Boards are toys,” he says. “They are not portals to the afterlife and the devil does not come through the board. It doesn’t matter how much I believe or know. If I can’t put it into a laboratory and demonstrate it in a scientifically viable way, it doesn’t matter.”

It’s Kruth that leads me into the sealed vault, called a Ganzfeld room, which he says provides evidence that an altered state of consciousness helps people score higher on psychic aptitude tests. It’s furnished only with recliner where a “receiver” sits, calmed into hypnosis with all outside sensory input removed. Ping-pong balls worn over the eyes and bathed in red light simulate closed eyelids.

In a similar room down the hall, a “sender” faces a screen, watching a movie clip over and over, attempting to psychically send the image to the receiver’s mind. The receiver talks in a stream of consciousness for 30 to 45 minutes. Afterwards, the receiver is shown four movie clips and asked to give each clip a score from 0 to 100, measuring its similarity to what they saw in their mind’s eye.

“With four clips to choose from, a person has a 25 percent chance of getting it right. But studies have yielded results closer to 32 to 35 percent. This is a tremendously significant statistic,” Kruth says. Conducted at Juilliard on music students, the test yielded accuracy as high as 75 percent. There will always be critics and skeptics of parapsychology’s academic standing, but to Kruth and the Rhine, this is science.

I ask Kruth how writers do in the Ganzfeld experiment. He doesn’t know. “Probably poorly,” I offer. He doesn’t disagree.

Paranormal Activity

The Oldest Man in the World.

Posted on 07 May 2014, 15:57

Psychical researcher, Alex Imich, is apparently now the oldest living man In the world. I had the pleasure of spending a day with him at his home in New York a few years ago. He invited us for lunch. Back then he was only 107!

The Oldest Man in the World.

Astronomer Says Spiritual Phenomena Exist in Other Dimensions

Posted on 08 April 2014, 14:52

Astronomer and mathematician Bernard Carr theorizes that many of the phenomena we experience but cannot explain within the physical laws of this dimension actually occur in other dimensions.

Albert Einstein stated that there are at least four dimensions. The fourth dimension is time, or spacetime, since Einstein said space and time cannot be separated. In modern physics, theories about the existence of up to 11 dimensions and the possibility of more have gained traction.

Carr, a professor of mathematics and astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, says our consciousness interacts with another dimension. Furthermore, the multi-dimensional universe he envisions has a hierarchical structure. We are at the lowest-level dimension.

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Is this proof near-death experiences ARE real?

Posted on 27 January 2014, 11:10

As a nurse, I’m always cheered when I see a patient who appears to be making a good recovery. That certainly seemed the case with 60-year-old Tom Kennard, who’d been suffering from sepsis after surgery for cancer.

After a couple weeks in the intensive care ward, he was well enough to be moved from his hospital bed to a chair. Moments later, however, he suddenly slumped into unconsciousness.

There was no doubt at all that he was out cold. He responded neither to my urgent questions nor to the painful pressure of my Biro on his fingernails.

Worse still, his skin became clammy, his oxygen levels dropped and his blood pressure plummeted — clear signs that his condition had become critical.

As I quickly gave him extra oxygen, I called out to the other nurses in the intensive care unit. Four of them immediately flocked to Tom’s bedside, and we gently helped return him to his bed as we called for a doctor urgently.


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Thicker cerebral cortex tied to spirituality: study

Posted on 04 January 2014, 13:20

(Reuters Health) - For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints.

Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion.

“Our beliefs and our moods are reflected in our brain and with new imaging techniques we can begin to see this,” Myrna Weissman told Reuters Health. “The brain is an extraordinary organ. It not only controls, but is controlled by our moods.”

Weissman, who worked on the new study, is a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at Columbia University and chief of the Clinical-Genetic Epidemiology department at New York State Psychiatric institute.

While the new study suggests a link between brain thickness and religiosity or spirituality, it cannot say that thicker brain regions cause people to be religious or spiritual, Weissman and her colleagues note in JAMA Psychiatry.

It might hint, however, that religiosity can enhance the brain’s resilience against depression in a very physical way, they write.

Previously, the researchers had found that people who said they were religious or spiritual were at lower risk of depression. They also found that people at higher risk for depression had thinning cortices, compared to those with lower depression risk.

The cerebral cortex is the brain’s outermost layer made of gray matter that forms the organ’s characteristic folds. Certain areas of the cortex are important hubs of neural activity for processes such as sensory perception, language and emotion.

For the new study, the researchers twice asked 103 adults between the ages of 18 and 54 how important religion or spirituality was to them and how often they attended religious services over a five-year period.

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Pilot Crashes, See Own Body Hanging in Trees: Near Death Experience

Posted on 13 December 2013, 11:12

This near death experience was shared by Canadian pilot Jeffrey S. on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation website and on YouTube. There has been a lot written about NDE but this one is particularly intriguing because there is some physical evidence to back up this pilot’s story.

http://projectavalon.net

Is there an afterlife? The science of biocentrism can prove there is, claims Professor Robert Lanza

Posted on 21 November 2013, 17:05

Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism says death is an illusion

He said life creates the universe, and not the other way round

This means space and time don’t exist in the linear fashion we think it does

He uses the famous double-split experiment to illustrate his point

And if space and time aren’t linear, then death can’t exist in ‘any real sense’ either

Most scientists would probably say that the concept of an afterlife is either nonsense, or at the very least unprovable.

Yet one expert claims he has evidence to confirm an existence beyond the grave - and it lies in quantum physics.

Professor Robert Lanza claims the theory of biocentrism teaches that death as we know it is an illusion created by our consciousness.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2503370/Quantum-physics-proves-IS-afterlife-claims-scientist.html

 
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